Rev. Henry Polhemus

Brief Life History of Henry

When Rev. Henry Polhemus was born on 31 May 1772, in Harlingen, Montgomery Township, Somerset, New Jersey, United States, his father, Daniel Polhemeus, was 26 and his mother, Cornelia Van Vechten, was 25. He married Mary Disborough on 13 March 1799, in New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 2 November 1815, at the age of 43, and was buried in Bruynswick, Ulster, New York, United States.

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Rev. Henry Polhemus
Mary Disborough
Marriage: 13 March 1799
Henry Disborough Polhemus
Daniel Polhemus
Catherine Disborough Polhemus
Cornelia Ann Polhemus

Sources (6)

  • Rev. Henry Polhemus, "New Jersey Marriages, 1678-1985"
  • Henry Polhemus, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Henry Polhemus in entry for Catherine Polhemus, "New Jersey, Births and Christenings, 1660-1980"

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"During the six-year Revolutionary war, more of the fights took place in New Jersey than any other colony. Over 296 engagements between opposing forces were recorded. One of the largest conflicts of the entire war took place between Morristown and Middlebrook, referred to as the ""Ten Crucial Days"" and remembered by the famous phrase ""the times that try men's souls"". The revolution won some of their most desperately needed victories during this time."


New York is the 11th state.

1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.

Name Meaning

Dutch: Latinized form of Polheim, a habitational name from a place in southern Germany or Switzerland.

History: Johann Theodore Polheim, otherwise known as Johannes Theodorus Polhemus, was a 17th-century Lutheran minister, probably of German-Swiss origin. His earliest pastorates were probably in the Palatinate. In the early 1630s he was pastor at Meppel in the province of Overijssel, the Netherlands, then from 1637 to 1654 he was a pastor in the Dutch settlement in Brazil. When that settlement failed in 1656, he came to Amersfoort, New Netherland, as its first Dominie.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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